A 21-year-old man was quickly apprehended Thursday night after robbing a liquor store owner at knifepoint.
Justin Levi Lovett, listed as being from both Blountstown and Bushnell, is being held at the Calhoun County Jail with bond set at $150,000.
According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, a burglar alarm went off at West End Liquors just after 10 p.m. Dep. John Scheetz was first on the scene and the store owner provided a description of the suspect who had fled.
The owner reported she and a clerk were working in a back room when the suspect entered the store. She peered out the door to see who was there and was met with a 10 to 12 inch knife. She stated a bandana covered the lower portion of his face and he held the knife close to her neck and facial area. The suspect directed her to the cash register and she removed the money as he told her repeatedly he didn’t want to hurt her.
The suspect headed toward the door with the cash, dropping some bills, then turned and requested a bottle of Patron, some Makers Mark Whiskey and cigarettes. He took the items and fled, then the owner hit the store alarm panic button.
CCSO investigators, deputies and a Calhoun Correctional K-9 unit canvassed the area. Lt. Todd Wheetley pulled over a suspicious vehicle on Barfield Road around 10:45 p.m. and found Lovett behind the wheel. Lt. Wheetley noted he matched the suspect’s description and seemed under the influence. Lovett placed a knife and sheath on the bed of his vehicle and consented to a search. Alcohol matching the items taken from the store were discovered, along with cigarettes, cash and gloves.
The store owner was driven by and identified Lovett as the robber.
After further investigation, Lovett admitted to drinking all day and becoming depressed about financial problems. He told authorities he decided to rob the liquor store.